Kevin Roland is a Managing Director with Teneo Strategy. He advises Teneo’s leading global clientele on strategic priorities across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, including building and executing on government relations, public affairs, and political and economic risk efforts.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Roland served with distinction in the Foreign Service of the United States Department of State, with a focus on Near East and African Affairs. Mr. Roland most recently served as the acting Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he led U.S. efforts in support of Northern Ireland’s peace process and economic diversification.
Prior to his arrival in Belfast, Mr. Roland served as the Trade and Investment Team Leader at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008-2009, working with Iraqi government, industry and foreign investors.
He previously served as First Secretary for Economic Affairs in Cairo, Egypt (2005-2008), focusing in particular on energy, infrastructure, industrial and labor affairs. From 2003-2004, Mr. Roland served as Staff Assistant to then Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, William J. Burns, during which time he traveled extensively to the Middle East and international fora, and engaged with regional leaderships on the U.S.’ top policy priorities.
Mr. Roland also served as an Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa (2001-2003), where he focused on the restructuring of state-owned enterprises, and boosting bilateral and global trade links, and as a Vice Consul and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan (1999-2001), where he managed the internal political, tribal outreach, and political Islam portfolios.
Mr. Roland is an Arabic speaker and an alumnus of the Foreign Service Institute’s Advanced Arabic Language Field School in Tunis, Tunisia, and has received several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards for his service. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Roland worked in finance and banking in the Baltimore region.
Mr. Roland received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.